Why Ferrari F1 Boss Binotto Had a Déjà Vu of Infamous Leclerc-Vettel F1 Incident Yesterday

Published 11/15/2021, 5:12 AM EST
SPA, BELGIUM – Sebastian Vettel of Germany and Ferrari, Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto and Charles Leclerc of Monaco and Ferrari stand for a minutes silence in tribute to the late Formula 2 driver Anthoine Hubert on the Formula 3 grid before the F1 Grand Prix of Belgium at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps in Spa, Belgium. (Photo by Mark Thompson/Getty Images)

When Charles Leclerc and Sebastian Vettel were teammates at Ferrari, they both pushed each other to the limit. However, one of the incidents that was a turning point in their rivalry was the 2019 Brazilan Grand Prix.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

As they were battling each other at Interlagos, the two collided, which took them both out of the race. Now, in 2021, Leclerc is teammates with Carlos Sainz. They haven’t gotten in each other’s way so far, but team principal Mattia Binotto was still that he would see a repeat of the 2019 race if they pushed each other too hard.

However, that wasn’t the case, and Binotto was grateful but hopes to see them put on such great battles in future races. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

Ferrari boss at peace after seeing Charles Leclerc and Sainz not repeating 2019 mistakes

As soon as the lights went out at Interlagos, Sainz and Leclerc pushed the limit of their Ferraris. As they were fighting each other, Binotto was fearful of seeing what he had witnessed two years ago. However, he was at peace seeing that they didn’t crash.

Formula One F1 – Monaco Grand Prix – Circuit de Monaco, Monte Carlo, Monaco – May 20, 2021 Ferrari Team Principal Mattia Binotto in the FIA Press Conference FIA/Handout via REUTERS

Speaking to Motorsport, Binotto said, “Today they did their duty very well, they fought among themselves at the start of the race and made me relive moments already lived 2 years ago (with the Leclerc-Vettel contact in Brazil)

“But it went well. I feared, but they didn’t take too many risks. They know what they can do with each other. I hope to see them fight each other again and that they keep the safety margin they know.” (Translated via Google Translate)

Watch Story: From Shocking Lewis Hamilton Crash to Ferrari Pit Stop Blunder: Most Sensational Moments in Bahrain GP History

Where did Sainz and Leclerc finish at the Brazilian GP?

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

The Spanish driver started the race in third place, while his teammate from Monaco found himself in sixth place. Both were hoping to finish in the top-3 as they were in a good position to do so.

Formula One F1 – Brazilian Grand Prix – Jose Carlos Pace Circuit, Sao Paulo, Brazil – November 12, 2021 Ferrari’s Carlos Sainz Jr. in action during practice REUTERS/Ricardo Moraes

However, as the checkered flag brought the race to an end, Leclerc finished fifth and bagged ten points, while Sainz crossed the line in sixth place and earned the Italian team eight points.

ADVERTISEMENT

Article continues below this ad

With just a week to go for the Qatar Grand Prix, both Sainz and Leclerc will hope to bounce back after the Brazilian GP and aim to seize maximum points for the constructor’s championship.

DIVE DEEPER

Promising Signs for Ferrari F1 as Carlos Sainz Makes a Big Admission

7 months ago

SHARE THIS ARTICLE :

ADVERTISEMENT

Arpit Gomes

1284 articles

Arpit Gomes is an F1 author at EssentiallySports. Currently pursuing his Journalism degree from Xavier’s Institute, he is a big fan of McLaren and their driver Lando Norris and Daniel Ricciardo. Arpit always looks forward to the paddock moving to Spa and drivers dealing with the exciting Eau Rouge corner as well the straight at Monza.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT